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Si-Tex ColorMax 15

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The $3,179 ColorMax 15 offers good multifunction display (MFD) for the money. The 15-inch, 1024x768-pixel screen is bright and sharp, rendering full-screen video as well as any MFD I’ve tested. The unit also has VGA out for a repeater and no fewer than five NMEA 0183 ports for AIS, GPS, autopilot, etc. The ColorMax 15 also supports every feature in the C-Map Max arsenal, including ones not yet available like C- Weather.

But this MFD is crying out for interface improvements that its obviously fast processor could easily handle. Aside from the split screen shown, which is only available when optional radar and fishfinder modules (not tested) are attached, the generous display area is frustratingly unmanageable. No simultaneous dual-scale chart windows, no video splits, no flexible font data, and no favorite page setups, all features that have almost become MFD standards. Si-Tex says that interface updates are in the works.

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This article originally appeared in the March 2007 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.